Soul and Funk band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
release 100 Days, 100 Nights on their self-owned
independent label, Daptone Records. Since the 2005 release of their
Naturally LP, the band has continued
to build a worldwide following for their raw soulful recordings
and blistering live performances.
Like the highly
acclaimed Naturally LP before it, 100
Days, 100 Nights was recorded in their self-built, self-operated,
all analog recording studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn and bares the
unmistakable Daptone Soul Sound - highly in demand among music
fans and tastemakers alike. In the last year, producers such as
Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Hank
Shocklee, and Kenny Dope have been among
those who came knocking at Daptone’s door seeking the inimitable
Dap-Kings sound. The Dap-Kings lend a tougher
edge to their own productions for such artists as Rhymefest,
Lily Allen, Ghostface Killah
and Amy Winehouse. Meanwhile, Sharon
Jones herself has past the time between touring lending
the her soulful voice to projects for Lou Reed,
Rufus Wainwright, They Might Be Giants
projects have helped the band branch out to new fans, it is unquestionable
that their sound has never been as brutally soulful or masterfully
delivered as it is on their own 100 Days, 100 Nights.
The raw fire and soul which Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
consistently pour into their music will make this record and this
band an irreplaceable part of many people’s lives.
• The Dap-Kings recorded half of the music on Amy
Winehouse’s album Back to Black. Including the hit singles
“Rehab”and “I’m No Good”, and played
as her backing band for her first ever US tour.
267 Shows, 21 Tours, 14 countries on 3 Continents since the 2005
release of Naturally.
Sold over 50,000 full length records and 20,000 vinyl 45’s.
Mark Ronson worked closely with the Dap-Kings at Daptone Studios
recording his new album “Versions” as well as other
re mix projects including Lilly Allen’s hit single “Smile”.
Robbie Williams hired the Dap-Kings horns to play on his album
Rufus Wainwright and They Might Be Giants featured Sharon on their
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ music has been sampled by
Jurasic 5, Gostface Killah, Kanye West and Rhymefest.
Sharon Jones has been part of the cast touring with Lou Reed in
Australia, Europe, and the US as part of the live production of
• After being featured on Verve Records’ “Baby
Loves Jazz” album, Sharon had her own “Ella the Elephant”
children’s book and CD published by Penguin Books.
Starring in the new Denzel Washington movie 'The
Great Debaters', and asked personally by Denzel to feature
on the motion pictures soundtrack, soul singer Sharon
Jones has been heralded by both underground and mainstream
media as the best thing to happen to r'n'b music since James
At 51 years of age, Sharon began her new lease of life with The
Soul Providers in 1996. A former prison guard on Rikers
Island, New York, Sharon was discovered when she was requested
to do backing vocals for the legendary Lee Fields.
In the 12 years since this recording, Sharon along with her mighty
band The Dap Kings have released 3 albums and
numerous 7inch/45 releases along which included non album cuts
that have been sought after by music collectors and deejays the
For those of you that like to keep abreast of popular culture,
the last 2 years have brought the Daptone family to worldwide
prominence for a slew of reasons and many the listener may not
be aware of.
Sharon herself has been invited to perform live on stage with
with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Lou
Reed and James Brown. The Dap
Kings are the studio band for Lily Allen
and Mark Ronson on his own 2006 release and the
backing band on the now classic Amy Winehouse 'Black on
The Dap Kings exemplify a rich retro sound that
is largely associated with the Motown/Stax record
labels of yesteryear. Thumping basslines and drums at the front,
horns to die for and years of playing experience to help season
the offering. For the moment it seems that the media has only
eyes for Amy Winehouse. Sharon speaking of Amy,
says that Amy only borrowed the band from her for a little while
to help her break USA. True, Amy is a young and very talented
girl whose personal turmoil has helped to perpetuate her myth
into the mainstream conscious in classic 'celebrity' fashion.
But when we analyse what makes a true star, timing, stage performance,
enthusiasm Amy is kicked to the sidelines by her elder soul sister.
Sharon grew up in a different era, an era where performance was
first, and then the record was made, Amy, like Lily, Joss and
Co. are studio artists who are still learning the skill of performing,
but rarely do they compete with seasoned veterans of Sharon's
The list of artists wanting to work with the Dap Kings
continues to grow, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse,
Lily Allen, Kanye West, Robbie
Williams. All big household names in their own right.
But the love that Dap Kings put into their music
and recordings makes it easy to see where their heart lies. The
new LP, 100 Days, 100 Nights is full of references
to nothern, deep funk, and soul ballads. An album with a lot of
humility and conviction. Sharon's vocals are stunning and Gabe
Roth aka Bosco Mann on production delivers a product
worth sitting next on the shelf with any Motown classic. The
Deep Funk influence of the lat 2 LP's has been polished
for a more rounded offering..
The live show is what defines SJ & TDK, the stuff of legend
- the reports from SXSW 07, a recent shows in france and Jazz
Cafe, the famous New York Apollo Theatre and sellout Los Angeles
El Rey Theatre show all point to a performance unmatched by any
band of our generation. They can play from 90 mins to 3hours without
a blink, all depending on the crowd. Sharon will be the first
to admit that she suffers from depression when they are not performing
as she never married and cares for her disabled mother when not
recording or touring, so it is a testament to her that through
sheer guile and endeavour, Sharon has finally found her way into
the spotlight, be it a long road that brought her there.
Sharon hails from the same town as James Brown in Georgia and
learned to dance with her brothers by watching his moves. When
it came time for her to perform, funk music was dying out with
record labels opting for the new disco style that was permeating
through radio nightclubs around the world and it looked as if
her time had been and went. She continued to sing in Gospel Choirs
and moved with her family to Brooklyn. and one day her chance
came along and she took it and ran with...Sharon Jones
& The Dap Kings are soul dynamite - a treasure in
today's oversubscribed live music circuit. While they are one
band certainly earning props for their music, recording and songwriting....the
daptone family is growing, the likes of The Budos Band,
Antibalas, The Expressions all
with their own sound are continuing off where the greats of the
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